The Infant and Family in the Twenty-First Century (The Mentor Series)

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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Reviewer: Renee Mehlinger, MEd, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the first volume in a planned series authored by experts in the field of infant and family mental health. The authors systematically review and integrate experiential and scientific literature to elucidate current information relevant to the infant and the family in the context of an ever-changing society and body of scientific data.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine experiences of the child in the context of the relationship with the mother and the environment, integrating various aspects of genetic contributions and sociodevelopmental and neural influences. Additionally, societal and public policies that are necessary to ensure optimal infant-child development are explored and recommendations are made.
Audience: The book is written specifically for child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, pediatricians, nurses, social workers, teachers and other clinical professionals in the mental health field. Researchers in the field and administrators of public policy that effect decisions regarding mental health and well-being are an additional audience.
Features: Beginning with an in-depth exploration of the development of the infant and child in response to maternal, paternal, familial and other environmental, cultural, genetic, and societal influences, the authors develop and integrate the emergence of patterns of behaviors and adaptive functions. The responses of the child to the mother's speech, the effects upon cognitive development, bonding through sensory and neural encoding, and social-emotional growth are systematically examined with an emphasis on gaining insight, new perspectives, and practical recommendations for enhancing the process of healthy maturation through infancy and early childhood. The infant and child of the 21st century is conceived in the context of an expanding body of scientific knowledge creatively juxtaposed on the imaginings and dreams of the explorers of mental health from centuries past. A number of tables and figures are used to integrate and consolidate the material. There is a well-developed list of references and a subject index that allow the book to be used in an encyclopedic manner.
Assessment: A high-quality compendium of information from notable experts in the field of mental health, this collection of scholarly and creative writings warrants attention from serious students of infant, child, and family mental health. There is a wealth of current, well-formulated and tightly-organized information in this first volume that sets a gold standard for future volumes.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415933919
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Series: Mentor Series (IACAPAP) Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Introduction
Preface and Dedication


Chapter 1. The Child in the Twenty-First Century, Joao Gomes-Pedro
Chapter 2. Strengths and Stresses in Today's Families: Looking Toward the Future, T. Berry Brazelton
Chapter 3. On Becoming a Family: Bonding and the Changing Patterns in Baby and Family Behavior, John H. Kennell
Chapter 4. Preparing a World for the Infant in the Twenty-First Century: The Research Challenge, Urie Bronfenbrenner


Chapter 5. Early Experience and Behavior in the Infant of the Twenty-First Century, Lewis P. Lipsitt
Chapter 6. The Fetus, the Newborn and the Mother's Voice, William P. Fifer
Chapter 7. The Cultural Context of Child Development: Implications for Research and Practice in the Twenty-First Century, J. Kevin Nugent


Chapter 8. Parent-Infant Speech Patterns, Hanus Papousek and Mechthild Papousek
Chapter 9. The Ontogeny of the Baby's Interactions over the First Year, Hubert Montagner
Chapter 10. Promoting Awareness of the Infant's Behavioral Patterns: Elements of Anticipatory Guidance for Parents, Kathryn E. Barnard and Georgina A. Sumner


Chapter 11. Total Population Pediatrics for the Child of the Twenty-First Century, Aiden MacFarlane
Chapter 12. Child Development: Old Themes and New Directions, Sheila Greene
Chapter 13. The Educare of Children in the Twenty-First Centry, Bettye Caldwell


Chapter 14. Neural Mechanisms: Underlying Parent-Facilitated Adaptation in Infancy, J. Gerald Young
Chapter 15. The Cradle of Adaptation: Models Describing the Experience-Responsive Development of Neural Structure and Adaptive Capacities in Infancy and Early Childhood, J. Gerald Young
Chapter 16. The Infant and Family in a New Century: Integrating Clinical and Neuroscience Perspectives, J. Gerald Young, Joao Gomes-Pedro, J. Kevin Nugent and T. Berry Brazelton

Author Index
Subject Index

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